First Published: 2016-11-03

Moroccan-born writer wins France's top literary prize
Leila Slimani wins Goncourt for her novel 'Chanson douce' based on real-life story of Dominican nanny in US.
Middle East Online

Slimani's novel "scares the wits out of parents"

PARIS - Moroccan-born Leila Slimani won France's top literary prize, the Goncourt, on Thursday with a novel that "scares the wits out of parents".

"Chanson douce" (roughly translated as "Sweet Song"), is based on the real-life story of a Dominican nanny shortly to stand trial for murdering two children she was looking after in New York in 2012.

The separate Renaudot prize, often seen as something of a consolation prize, went to "Babylone" by Yasmina Reza, best known for her hit play "Art".

 

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